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Animal Architects [Paperback]

John Nicholson

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April 1 2006
Shells, nests, mounds, bowers, galleries, dens, lodges, and the creative critters that build them are explored in this fascinating introduction to animal habitats. The featured creature carpenters dig, mould, spin, and weave their homes with an intricacy fascinating to budding zoologists. Children learn how these industrious animals can adjust their homes for temperature and comfort, make escape hatches, and store food for their young. Familiar industrious animals such as beavers, prairie dogs, and spiders are included alongside exotic wombats, oven birds, and naked mole rats as memorable examples of animals that adapt to and even renovate their environments.

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Gr. 3-5. From towering dirt skyscrapers held together with termite "spit" to sturdy beaver lodges made of logs sawed by teeth, the structures that animals build are awe-inspiring feats of natural architecture and engineering. In this slim Australian import, Nicholson introduces some of them in chapters that divide animals by their construction techniques: burrowing, weaving, carpentry, and bricklaying. He also includes nomads, such as turtles and shellfish, which carry their homes with them. Precise colored-pencil illustrations show compelling cross sections of the structures as well as step-by-step images that demonstrate the building process. Throughout, Nicholson's accessible text focuses on amazing facts that will captivate children. A winner of the Eve Pownall Award for information books from the Children's Book Council of Australia, this will serve students looking for material for assignments as well as for browsing, and teachers will find plenty of information to enliven science units. Direct students seeking a more sophisticated treatment to Karl von Frisch's excellent Animal Architecture (1974). Gillian Engberg
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"The book has been recognized by an award in Australia, and the honor is well deserved."  —Science Books & Films

"An excellent resource for all ages of students."  —Connect

"A fascinating exploration of the architectural marvels of the animal kingdom."  —The Buffalo News

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